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  • Prisoners
  • Ratatouille
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Schindler's List

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  • Black Widow

    ★★★½

  • A Quiet Place Part II

    ★★★★

  • Shithouse

    ★★★★½

  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    ★★★

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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Themes Explained:

    After a second viewing and researching various theories, I’ve realized there is a lot more to Us than I initially thought. The surface-level explanation of the plot is generally straightforward, but there is so much symbolism and so many themes and parallels that Jordan Peele has embedded into the film that require a bit more digging into. I have taken the ideas that stood out to me the most and compiled an interpretation that I feel is closest…

  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    ★★★★½

    Great (84%) -> 2021 Ranking (1/29) & A Favorite Movie For Each Year I’ve Been Alive

    As someone born and raised in Washington Heights to Dominican immigrants and as a first generation college graduate, I have never felt more seen. I’ve shared excitement for the recent increase of representation in film, with Crazy Rich Asians being a prime example. However, for Jon M. Chu's second effort to be a film that finally lets me feel that sense of representation for myself,…

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  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★★½

    Pretty Good (72%) -> MCU Ranking (#17/27) & 2021 Ranking (#22/32)

    I’m glad they didn’t go the Red Sparrow route with this and kept it character focused. The family unit at the forefront (played by an excellent cast of actors) is where the film shines most. Florence Pugh steals the show, as usual, and I hope this isn’t the last we see of her character. While it still falls into some generic trappings, Black Widow has the laughs, action, and family fun you’d expect from a standalone MCU movie, and its memorable characters help it stand out amongst the weaker films in the franchise.

  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    ★★★

    Favorable (68%) -> Conjuring & Insidious Ranking(#11/12) & 2021 (#30/31)

    James Wan’s direction is the main reason the first two Conjuring films work so well; so, naturally, replacing him with the director of The Curse of La Llorona is bound to go south. The scares are decent at best with no standout moments like the “clap” scene or “Valak”. Ed & Lorraine’s relationship was effectively explored in The Conjuring 2, and this third film attempts to do the same, but a few flashbacks don’t add any new layers to their bond. While the story is interesting enough, the film lacks that inventive flair to set it apart.

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  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★½

    Good (76%) -> Godzilla Universe Ranking (#3) & 2021 Ranking (#12/23)

    Finally! This was as good a fight as I could’ve hoped for and seeing these titans go at it with top notch special effects was so much fun. I liked the expansion of the lore and they threw some nice surprises in there as well. The human aspect isn’t very good, as expected, but the cast was a lot more tolerable than usual; the bond between the child and Kong was actually pretty interesting. All in all, this knew what it was and it gave me what I wanted. :)

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★★

    Very Good (78%) -> DCEU Ranking (#2) & 2021 Ranking (#8/21)

    Well, the SNYDER CUT is finally here! Can’t say I had super high hopes but I’m so glad we got to see this version of a Justice League movie because it’s lightyears better than what we got in 2017. Gone are the awkwardly uncharacteristic jokes, distracting color correction, and thin plot in favor of a better structured story that fleshes out its characters and actually gives you something to care…